Mike Aviles was a highly touted infield prospect the past four years in the Kansas City Royals organization. He was named the team’s player of the year his rookie season in 2008 and finished fourth in A.L rookie of the year standings as well. However, fifty three games into the 2011 campaign he lost his starting job at third base to top prospect Mike Moustakas which led to him being traded to Boston in exchange for shortstop Yamaico Navarro and pitching prospect Kendal Volz.
After trading away shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies in the offseason, the position was left wide open for Aviles to compete for a starting job but once again another top prospect stood in his way, just like in Kansas City, with Jose Iglesias creeping around as the fan favorite to start at short. This time around Aviles won the competition opening eyes along the way with his aggressive hacks at the plate which have led to a decent line of a .266 Avg, 5 HR and 19 RBI. He has been given the chance to prove himself here in Boston where he has done an admirable job in the process. The final game in the series last night at Kauffman Stadium eventually presented itself with a situation that must have had Aviles thinking about revenge.
Cody Ross singled to start the 9th inning off followed by a Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk giving the Sox men on first and second with their final three outs left down by one run. Marlon Byrd was then stuck in the midst of controversy after what looked like he was hit on the elbow by a blazing 96mph fastball from Royals closer Jonathan Broxton while attempting to lay down a sacrifice bunt was ruled a strike by the home plate umpire. Two pitches later, Byrd successfully laid down a bunt that would advance the runners into scoring position with one out. Ryan Sweeney was next up but could not advance the runners home after lining out to left field setting the scene for the former Royal Mike Aviles. Giving his new team a much needed sigh of relief with a go ahead hit would be great. Sticking it to the former team that gave up on him a year ago would be even better. Unfortunately for Aviles he could not accomplish either task as he grounded out to short and watched his former team celebrate a victory that his 12-18 Red Sox needed in the worst way.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.